University of Maryland Extension

Cultivation & Land-use Practices

For assistance with soil testing, please contact our Master Gardener Coordinator, Esther Mitchell, at 301.868.8781 or You can also refer to our Home & Garden Information Center for further information on soil testing.

In addition, the Prince George's Soil Conservation District can help you with:

  • Soil testing
  • Soil and water conservation plans
  • Best Management Practice design
  • Navigating zoning and permits
  • Property tax credit certification
  • Identifying utilities
  • Mentoring and engaging urban producers

If you are in need of developing a nutrient management plan, please contact our Nutrient Management Advisor, Chris Dowell, at 301.868.8783 or Be sure to check out UMD Extension's Agricultural Nutrient Management Program. For more information about the state's nutrient management requirements for farmers, click here.

If you are a soilless producer interested in aquaponics, hydroponics and other Controlled Environmental Agriculture enterprises, please visit ATTRA's resource page on hydroponics and USDA's resource pages on hydroponics and aquaponics. In addition, our Aquaculture Business Specialist, Matt Parker, can be reached at 301.868.8780 x428 or


Helpful Links:

EPA Resourcs on Urban Agriculture

UMD Extension Home & Garden Information Center

UMD Soil Testing Resources & Labs

USDA NAL Alternative Farming System Information Center

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